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About Us

At College Contact's core is a deep belief in the importance of accessible, affordable, and relatable college advising. Every student deserves help.

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Our Story

College Contact was founded in Sophie's UVA dorm room in early 2020 when a TikTok video she posted went viral. Soon after, thousands of students emailed Sophie asking for 1:1 application assistance. As the demand for affordable and relatable college counseling grew, Sophie built a team of current undergraduates around the company to serve the high schoolers who needed more application support. 

Sophie brought on Leah Guesman as a college mentor in early 2021. Together, Sophie and Leah spent over 150 hours individually helping students achieve post-secondary success. As the business continued to grow, Sophie invited Leah to be a co-founder.

After Sophie and Leah graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2023, the duo hired Joe McGonnigal to manage the recruitment, onboarding, and logistical side of their growing mentor network. 

Now a fully-funded startup, this team of young entrepreneurs is on a mission to provide their full-time support to high school students across the country. Since inception, College Contact has served 2.5k students using our unique near-peer model. 

Meet the Team

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Sophie Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

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Leah Guesman
Co-Founder & COO

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Joe McGonnigal
Chief of Staff

Our Services

College Contact will support you through every step of the college admissions process. From developing a list of amazing schools to writing essays and applying for scholarships, we've got it covered!

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Counselors that
Match Students

We help match students with counselors based off their preferences for school, demographics, major, and more!

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Online Advising

Students can meet with their mentor to build college lists. edit essays, apply for financial aid, and ask questions.


Remote Essay

Students can submit their essays and other application components to get fast feedback from a mentor.

How we’re different

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Our counselors are current college students so they can relate to our students on a deeper level


Our prices are less than half the cost of the average college counselor in the US today

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We provide personalized counselor matching that pairs students with counselors at their top universities who share their interests & backgrounds

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